A brand new teaser has been released for American Horror Story: Freak Show, and it simply shows one of the ‘freaks’ swinging on a rope while followed by a spotlight.
I have to say the teasers so far this year are not really doing it for me at all.
However, there is something much better below as well, a brand new portrait poster for the series, exclusively revealed by The Hollywood Reporter. THR also had a chance to talk with showrunner Ryan Murphy, who revealed the following about the fourth season:
“At every freak show, you have the tropes but there’s some [that are] unique and weird,” Murphy told THR about season four. “It’s about something: It’s about outcasts and how society at that time … true stories about circus performers who were cast aside. The story in many ways dovetails with Asylum, because they leave one era and you can see many of them in real life were put into asylums. There’s a great symmetry we’ve come up with that’s rewarding.”
Judging from the official Freak Show hashtag, the series will explore the “freak” in all of us, as the German #WirSindAlleFreaks translates to “we are all freaks.”
“It’s darker than Coven; it feels very unique,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter of Freak Show. “I directed the first one and I haven’t done that since the very first one of season one. It feels like a Douglas Sirk movie; it’s very 1952 presentational and then the horror is an unexpected jab. As opposed to last year, which was crazy camera work and comedy. This year feels different. The special-ability cast that we have is amazing and I feel so thrilled because for so many of them, it was their dream to be actors and they didn’t have any opportunities. There’s a great community. They feel part of something perhaps for the first time in their life and that’s an amazing thing that I was really emotional about when I was directing them.”
“American Horror Story” (“AHS”) returns with an all-new gritty and gripping season, premiering Wednesday, October 8th, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Season 4, “Freak Show,” is set in 1950s Juniper, FL, and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time.
From bearded ladies to Siamese twins, “Freak Show” features some of the series’ most familiar faces.
Emmy® Award-winning actress Jessica Lange returns as Elsa Mars, Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates plays Effil Darling, celebrated actress Angela Bassett is Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson will do double-duty as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters plays Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts is Maggie. Plus, “AHS” newcomer Michael Chiklis stars as Wendell Del Toredo, and joining the cast this season is John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo”), who will play a core villain.
Also appearing in “Freak Show” are Denis O’Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Wes Bentley, Jyoti Amge, Finn Wittrock, and Patti LaBelle.
American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.